Twitter is launching a test for a small group of iOS and Android users to give people a preview of the company’s fix for the annoying image cropping issue. Twitter has come up with a solution for the issue, which is not cropping the image when its posted on a timeline. Twitter, on Wednesday, said that it is now testing a “what you see is what you get” image preview within the tweet compose box and is experimenting with displaying full-frame images.
Twitter’s Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis, in a thread, said that the company is launching a test for some iOS and Android users to “give people an accurate preview of how their images will appear when they tweet a photo.” He said that people in the test will see that most tweets with a single image in standard aspect ratio will appear uncropped when posted. People will see exactly what the image will look like in the composer tool before its posted. Very wide or tall images will be center-cropped, Twitter said.
Davis said that this testing will allow Twitter to determine if this new approach is better and what changes the platform needs to make in order to provide a “what you see is what you get” experience for Tweets with images. Twitter also says its testing new 4K image uploading on Android and iOS as part of a broader push “to improve how you can share and view media on Twitter.”
The image preview changes will reduce the number of fingers that were pointed on Twitter’s cropping algorithm. Last year, several users showed how the company’s tool often favours white faces over Black ones. While Twitter said that it has tested the tool for any racial bias, and that there isn’t any bias, it admitted that it needed to perform more analysis and refine its approach to avoid situations like this.